Industry advisories

Telefilm Canada Releases Details of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Top-Up for Affected Film Productions

As previously announced, a portion of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation was reserved to provide additional support to clients that had film projects in the production or post-production stage and were negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Telefilm will grant applicants that have received funding under the Emergency Relief Fund...

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Telefilm Canada Releases Details of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Top-Up for Underrepresented Communities

As previously announced, approximately 15% of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation was reserved to provide additional support to clients of underrepresented identities and communities, who have historically been disadvantaged.

This top-up is only available for existing, eligible clients who have already received emergency funding from Telefilm in...

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Telefilm Canada Releases Details of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Top-Up for Regional Companies

As previously announced, a portion of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation was reserved to provide additional support to clients from regional companies.  After compiling demand in the application process, an additional top-up fund allocation has been set-up for regional companies.

‘Regional’ refers to Telefilm’s historical definition, which...

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International festivals and Canadian Pavilion updates

May 21, 2020 -- As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and adjust our operations accordingly, Telefilm Canada would like to advise clients of the following updates regarding international festivals and the Canadian Pavilion. This year, we are combining our efforts to offer a consolidated promotion campaign between three...

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COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation: Details and criteria now online

Following the announcement that Telefilm Canada will be responsible for allocating part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations, Telefilm wishes to inform you that the details and application process criteria are now online. Telefilm will be accepting applications starting...

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Telefilm Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund: Virtual Town Hall with Christa Dickenson

Following the announcement that Telefilm Canada would be responsible for dispersing part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations, Telefilm would like to advise clients that the relief measure details and criteria for the application process will be made...

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COVID-19 Update: Promotion Program

As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and adjust our operations accordingly, Telefilm Canada would like to advise clients that the launch of the pilot Promotion Program – General Admission Stream has been postponed until Spring 2021.

The current Promotion Program will begin receiving applications for existing Telefilm Promotion...

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Telefilm Canada welcomes two new members to its Executive Leadership Team

Today, Telefilm Canada is pleased to welcome two new members to its Executive Leadership Team: Jean Morin as Director, Information Technology and Marie-Eve Mainville as Director, Human Resources.

Mr. Morin brings to Telefilm extensive experience in information technology management. As a corporate transformation specialist, he has worked on local, national and...

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COVID-19 Update: Telefilm Mail Delivery Paused

April 14 - As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and adjust our operations accordingly, Telefilm Canada would like to advise clients that mail will not be delivered to any of Telefilm’s four regional offices until further notice.

This includes all cheques, DVDs, and packages. We ask that no...

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Production Program Updates (March 27)

As we continue to monitor the impact that COVID-19 is having on our industry, Telefilm Canada would like to advise clients of the following:

Production program –For projects with budget under $2.5M

Telefilm is extending the deadline for all applications until April 30, 2020. Projects must be submitted before 9:00 pm (EST).

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COVID-19 Update: Project Financing

Telefilm Canada understands that there are many risks and financial burdens that you must undertake in this situation, and we are doing what we can to help.

In response to the ever-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on Canada’s audiovisual industry, Telefilm would like to inform clients of actions put...

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COVID-19 Production Industry Taskforce

Dear friends,

We continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 global pandemic and recognize this represents an unprecedented challenge for all involved in the screen-based industry across Canada.

We understand every sector of our economy is being affected by the pandemic; the lockdowns, travel restrictions, urgency to self-isolate and maintain social distancing...

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Cannes Film Festival postponed

Dear partners,

Following the announcement by festival officials that the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film will be postponed, Telefilm Canada is postponing the Canadian Pavilion and onsite activities accordingly.

No new date has been announced at this time. We will keep you informed should any changes arise from festival...

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COVID-19 Update (March 19, 2020)

Although our offices are closed for the time being, Telefilm remains committed to the success of the audiovisual industry and its creators. Our staff have been properly equipped to work remotely and they remain available. Daily operations continue without interruption while we close out the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Telefilm Canada continues...

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COVID-19 update: Telefilm Canada employees will work remotely until further notice

At Telefilm Canada, the health and safety of our employees is paramount. As such, in line with Canada's public health officials, and our own business continuity plan, we wish to inform all clients, partners, and suppliers that all Telefilm and CMFPA (Canada Media Fund Administration Program) employees in the Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax...

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Advisory Industry – Canada House at SXSW2020 activities cancelled

Following the announcement by festival officials that the SXSW 2020 festival has been cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), Telefilm Canada is cancelling all activities relating to Canada House.

Please be assured that we are currently in contact with the appropriate parties to determine next steps. Telefilm will be...

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Industry advisory – COVID-19 update

Telefilm Canada takes the health and safety of our clients, partners and employees seriously. As such, we are closely monitoring the current situation with regards to COVID-19. We are closely following recommendations from Public Health Agency Canada and the World Health Organization. Proactive measures are being...

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Statement by Robert Spickler, Chair, Telefilm Canada, on G. Grant Machum’s end of term

Statement by Robert Spickler, Chair, Telefilm Canada

“Yesterday marked the last day of G. Grant Machum’s third term as a member of Telefilm Canada’s Board, on which he served for the last twelve years.

“On behalf of my fellow Board members and employees, I wish to thank Mr. Machum for all that...

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Telefilm Canada unveils its new three-year strategic plan and announces a national consultation on its Success Index

Today, during a speech delivered at the 2020 edition of Prime Time in Ottawa organized by the CMPA, Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada, announced two important initiatives: a new strategic plan, and a Pan-Canadian consultation regarding an update of the Success Index.

New Strategic Plan

In order to ensure that Telefilm...

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A new identity for the Canada Pavilion

Telefilm Canada is pleased to inform its clients that the Canada Pavilion will be redesigned for 2020. The new concept will first be rolled out at MIPTV, the Cannes Film Market, MIFA, Sunny Side of the Doc and MIPCOM and then extend to all other international events during 2021.

In keeping...

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Update to the Production Program for English-language and French-language feature films

Telefilm Canada wishes to inform its clients of changes made to the Production Program as well as upcoming key dates.

Two application periods for bigger budget French-language projects:

In line with our focus of ensuring predictable financing to the industry, there will now be two application periods per year for French-language projects...

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Updates to the Talent to Watch Program

Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch Program – Funding of First Feature Films and Narrative Web Projects from Emerging Talent will accept new project proposals from designated industry partners from March 2 to 9, 2020.

This Program, formerly known as the Micro-Budget Program, aims to support a diverse array of emerging...

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Telefilm Canada welcomes Jeremy Spry as National Director to the Canada Media Fund Program Administration team

Today, Telefilm Canada warmly welcomes Jeremy Spry as National Director, Canada Media Fund Program Administrator. Mr. Spry will lead a team of professionals across the country who administer the television and digital media funding programs on behalf of the Canada Media Fund.

Previously, Mr. Spry was VP of Business Affairs and Executive producer at DATSIT SPHERE...

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Telefilm Canada’s Annual Public Assembly: speeches now available online

DECEMBER 10, 2019

On Thursday, December 5, 2019, Telefilm Canada held its Annual Public Assembly at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The corporation presented key information from the 2018-2019 fiscal, as well as an overview of its achievements for the year.

Speeches by G. Grant Machum, Chair of the Nominating, Evaluation...

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Telefilm Canada welcomes two new members to its executive leadership team

October 29, 2019 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that René Bourdages has been named Senior Director, Cultural Portfolio Management and Marie-Claude Lavigne has been named Director, Government & Public Affairs. Mr. Bourdages will join the organization as of December 2, 2019 and will be based in Montreal and...

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Updates to the Theatrical Documentary Program

October 28, 2019 – Telefilm Canada would like to share updates made to the Theatrical Documentary Program for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Key dates

  • Opening date: November 25, 2019
  • Closing date: December 9, 2019

New this year

Telefilm's financial participation has increased to $150,000 (from $125,000) for a maximum of 49% of the Canadian budget.

The...

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Telefilm Canada releases its 2018-2019 annual report

Montréal, September 12, 2019 — Today, Telefilm Canada has made its annual report for the 2018-2019 fiscal year public.

Telefilm will hold its annual public assembly in November 2019, where members of its executive leadership team will discuss results, successes, as well as priorities going forward. Details to follow.

The report can...

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Changes to the evaluation criteria in the selection of the film to represent Canada in the race to the Best International Film Oscar

We have heard the recent comments from the industry following last week’s advisory announcing changes to the admissibility criteria for the selection of the film to represent Canada in the race for the Best International Film Oscar. We understand the need for Telefilm to proceed to a more robust consultation...

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Changes to eligibility criteria for the selection of a Canadian film for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film

Toronto/Montréal, July 25, 2019 – Telefilm Canada has updated the eligibility criteria for films submitted to represent Canada in the race for the Best International Feature Film (formerly Best Foreign Language Film) category at the 2020 Oscars.

The goal of these changes is to ensure that the Selection Committee puts forth the...

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Telefilm Canada-supported coproductions receive funding from Eurimages

Toronto/ Montréal, July 15, 2019 – Three Telefilm­-supported projects were awarded financing at the 155th Eurimages Board of Management meeting, held in Geneva on June 28. A total of €898,000 was given between the three films.

Recipients of the funding were:

Saules aveugles, femme endormie (Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman)

Animation film

Awarded: €430,000

Director and...

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